Cobb & Douglas Public Health invites you to know your HIV status during the free HIV testing “Beach Party” event on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in honor of National HIV Testing Day. Door prizes, a pair of free sunglasses for each participant, and entry into the Main Event and iFly Indoor Skydive studio raffle ticket drawing will be taking place during the free testing event, designed to encourage the community to make HIV testing part of their health routine.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Marietta Public Health Center, Building A, Boardroom
1650 County Services Parkway
Marietta, Georgia 30008
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and nearly 1 in 8 don’t know they are infected. Georgia is ranked 5th in the nation for the number of persons living with HIV, and two-thirds (66%) live in the Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).
“One of the most alarming statistics surrounding HIV is the fact that so many don’t know they are infected,” said Rachel Franklin, director of epidemiology at Cobb & Douglas Public Health. “We want to help the community understand that you can live happy, healthy lives even with HIV thanks to advances in treatment – but knowing your status and getting into care are the first steps you have to take. Holding events like these helps reduce barriers for the community to take that crucial first step.”
This free HIV testing event is open to everyone, and testing is confidential with results ready in 60 seconds. No appointments are necessary.
For more information, call 770-514-2815 or visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org/hiv.
Additional free HIV testing events will be held this same week on June 21 at the new Smyrna Public Health Center at 3001 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna, GA 30080; and June 22 in the Walgreens at 2670 Cobb Pkwy SE, Smyrna, GA 30080.
About Cobb & Douglas Public Health
Cobb & Douglas Public Health, along with the Georgia Department of Public Health, has been committed to the mission of “Healthier Lives. Healthier Community.” since 1920. We are dedicated to improving our residents’ quality of life by tracking and preventing the spread of disease, promoting health and safety, providing exceptional medical services, and ensuring that our community is prepared for public health emergencies. For more information, visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org.